In November 2007, I was attending the Americans United for Separation of Church & State annual meeting & had the unexpected privilege of being seated next to Barbara Forrest. It was pure happenstance that we both came in to the restaurant at the same time. I had such a delightful conversation with her & she made a lasting impression on me, that when I came across this article detailing her accomplishments, I just had to note it in my blog.
Thankfully there are still people who have the strong convictions to stand up to the Religious Extremists, be they Taliban or Tali-Xian.
Our nation works best when gov't gives no faith a Most Favored Status. It is a First Freedom, set out in the first sentence of the First Amendment. It is the culmination of 2000 years of theological growth & political understanding.
It is foundational to who Baptists are --- in fact, it is foundation to every Xian denomination today. The only people that seem to have a problem with the Separation of Church & State are the ones who want their version of faith to have official gov't favor, something that X explicitly condemned when he said to render to Caesar the things that belong to him & to God the things that belong to God.
Then there is that wee-little problem with the Golden Rule.
Nonetheless, Dr. Forrest is a delightful lady, good company for breakfast & an asset to the cause of liberty. Here's to her continued success & well being in 2010: may she continue the cause of Religious Liberty on behalf of us all.